Making Democracy Work

Volunteer Opportunities

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The Kent League of Women Voters has many ways you can get involved in activities that can help you and the people in your community better understand important issues at all levels of govenrment, become an active participant in voter and citizen-education activities, learn about candidates and office-holders, and stay informed about the business conducted at local government meetings.

Here are some ways you can volunteer and the League members you can contact in 2009-2010:

Program Planning Committee - Jane Rose at RoseJP@hiram.edu

Voter Service - Christine Bhargava Bhargava@chrisbhar@gmail.com

Finance Committee - Jackie Waltz at willjackwaltz@aol.com

Kent City Finances Update - Melissa Long at mimionthego@neo.rr.com

Regionalism in NE Ohio - Jane Rose at RoseJP@hiram.edu

Voting on Campus - Barb Hipsman Springer at bhipsman@kent.edu

Membership - Chris Schjeldahl at chrisschj@ameritech.net

Elected Officials Reception - Terrie Nielsen at tnadd@yahoo.com

Observer Corps - Debby Newberry at bnewberry@neo.rr.com

Members of the League's Observer Corps monitor and observe meetings of local, regional, state and national governmental bodies. Observers do not speak for the League; rather, they attend meetings to listen, learn and then submit a brief written report of the proceedings they have observed.

Here are some of the meetings that Corp members can choose to observe:

  • Kent City Council (1st & 3rd Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.)
  • Kent Planning Commission (1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7 p.m.)
  • Portage County Commissioners (Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10 a.m.)
  • Kent School Board (3rd Tuesday, 7 p.m.)
  • Franklin Township Trustees (2nd & 4th Tuesdays, 7 p.m.)
  • Portage County Budget Commission (Tuesdays, 10 a.m.)

Remember that you don't have to go to every meeting for a given governmental body. You also can go to some or all of them if you like--whatever best fits your schedule.